The Fear About Low Rates

It's common sense that if you are lending money to someone for a decade, you are naturally going to want a higher interest rate than if you lend to someone who promises to pay you back in a few months. However, on certain occasions a strange phenomenon occurs: lenders...

Wells Fargo’s Big Buyback

Last week, the Federal Reserve published the results of their annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). The CCAR and its cousin, the Dodd-Frank Act stress tests, are a big portion of the regulatory framework that the Fed uses to supervise the big banks...

Boring Investment Ideas Can Sometimes Be Beautiful

Matt made a comment in a recent post regarding Verisign’s simplicity. Not just the simplicity with its business model (and it is one of the simplest businesses I’ve ever studied), but also the simplicity of the investment itself. In other words, owning Verisign is a...

Banks Are Gushing Cash and Look Cheap

For the first time since the correction in the stock market in February, I am getting interested in a few investment ideas. A few of the ideas are in unexciting companies (unexciting in the sense that they are well-known and have been discussed plenty of times before…...

Update on JPM’s Valuation

JP Morgan reports earnings tomorrow (Friday, 4/13). I read the JPM shareholder letter and annual report earlier this week, and thought I’d share some brief notes on the valuation. Before that, I wanted to mention a couple quick general thoughts… I wrote about a couple...